long roads – cycling

Wisconsin has a rolling heart of the country beauty. Living near the city we often forget how wide and bountiful the US is. Although on climbs there is often only one thought in mind, the next pedal stroke, I find cycling a good place to work on poems. It can be a solitary moving meditation, a place to pray.

Chris coming up a long hill

Chris coming up a long hill

After three days on the road, a stay at a legendary bad motel “Ikes”, and a thirty mile stretch of rolling hills, a glass of New Glarus Old Milwaukee Belgian Red hits the spot. Hunger may be the best sauce, but this Lambic like brew which tasted of cherries is the single best beer I have known.

Near the Fox River’s gentle boundaries Daffodils peek forth amongst the trees Iridescent in winter’s defiance As I and spring silently passed them by I did not stop and tarry there Though in Summer heat they’ll wane and fade And yes, I loved their beauty dearly But had places to be and promises already made

Near the Fox River’s gentle boundaries
Daffodils peek forth amongst the trees
Iridescent in winter’s defiance
As I and spring silently passed them by
I did not stop and tarry there
Though in Summer heat they’ll wane and fade
And yes, I loved their beauty dearly
But had places to be and promises already made


Gilman Trail – cycling – food and bridges

The Gilman trail, just off of the Fox River trail in Aurora Illinois runs just over twelve miles to Sugar Grove. It was a blustery day, gusty and cold. It starts on an old railroad right of way and I was struck with the thought that who doesn’t think engineers are artists has not contemplated bridges.

A converted rail-road bridge across the Fox river.

A converted rail-road bridge across the Fox river.

Crossing rivers, or highways

crossing the highway in style

crossing the highway in style

Or streams

A little suspension bridge over a stream

A little suspension bridge over a stream

And if you bike back to the Two Brothers Microbrewery at the old roundhouse at the train station in Aurora you can get a craft beer ( Prairie Path Ale ), and food to keep you pedaling in the cold.

Two Brothers Brewery Prairie Path Ale

Two Brothers Brewery Prairie Path Ale

Beer and a mufaletta… a fine lunch for a bike ride and fuel for the last 10 miles home.

Mufaleta.. what's that ? Better try one to find out !

Mufaleta.. what’s that ? Better try one to find out !


solemn oath – food beer or wine….

The plainest of doors might conceal the finest of surprises… Solemn Oath Mircobrewery is just down the road. They are a tiny place, with a tap-room and they sell all their beer at local restaurants, no bottles or cans to be had.

behind the plainest of doors....

behind the plainest of doors….

Chicagoland Microbreweries mean beer, fresh beer. How fresh? Well it’s made just over there.

Tap-rooms are the place to get fresh beer!

Tap-rooms are the place to get fresh beer!

What’s new today? A strong Belgian Ale aged in Cabernet wine barrels.

Rich flavor with the a hint of wine

Rich flavor with the a hint of wine

Must be solemn, they take their beer so seriously


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